Twilight Children: Three Voices No One Heard - Until Someone Listened
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From the author of the phenomenal "Sunday Times" bestsellers "One Child" and "Ghost Girl", comes a startling and poignant memoir of three people's victimisation and abuse - and their heartbreaking but ultimately successful steps to recovery, with the help of Torey Hayden, an extraordinary teacher. Two children trapped in a prison of silence and a woman suffering in the twilight of her years - these are the cases that would test the extraordinary courage, compassion and skill of Torey Hayden and ultimately reaffirm her faith in the indomitable strength of the human spirit. While working in the children's psychiatric ward of a large hospital, Torey was introduced to seven-year-old Cassandra, a child who had been kidnapped by her father and was found dirty, starving and picking though rubbish bins to survive. She refused to speak, so Torey could only imagine what she'd been through. Drake, by contrast, was a charismatic four-year-old who managed to participate fully in his pre-school class without uttering a single word. Then, there was Gerda, eighty-two, who had suffered a massive stroke and was unwilling to engage in conversation with anyone. Although Torey had never worked with adults, she agreed to help when all other efforts had failed.
Cassandra is a seven year old child abducted by her father and subjected to the most horrifying of experiences. She is understandably a very angry child. Torey documents her journey towards helping Cassandra work through her problems. Cassandra pysche manifests itself to be multiple people. Hayden is patient and it is interesting to see what works.
Drake is a charismatic 4 year old who has never talked but seems to be well balanced and understood. Hayden spends a lot of time trying to get Drake to talk to her as he does to his mother. Hayden is more upset about this case as it is a form of abuse also. At first I did not understand why this was considered abuse but grew to feel the effects Drake's elders had on him.
Gerda is a elderly stroke victim who also chooses not to talk. How can Hayden help her. The compassion and caring Hayden has clearly shows as she tries to understand Gerda and help her. The sad part of Gerda's story is how the elderly lose their whole life as they lose their functions
Another great book by Torey Hayden
The change from the old intuitive teaching style that Torey Hayden had to a much more self conscious (in many ways) counsellor was also fascinating... I used to be a psychiatric nurse in a previous incarnation, so this is much more familiar territory - I can identify with the limitations of this kind of treatment and the benefits too.
Good read. Thanks Giz-angel, as you can see, I've received this (!) and I couldn't resist starting it straight away before doing the JE.
BTW Catseye copied the blurb off the back of the book which had an error- Cassandra was nine years old when she was introduced to Torey - not seven.